TillVAS is a not-for-profit organisation recognised as charitable by HMRC.
The Society's core aim is "To encourage and promote the study of the archaeology, heritage and history of the catchment area of the River Till and the eastern Border lands of England and Scotland".
We would like to share with you our interest in and enthusiasm for, everything to do with the history of the Till Valley and its river catchment, in north Northumberland, together with the eastern Border lands, once known as the English and Scottish Marches.
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Photo-River Till, looking south from Twizel Bridge
The website has a dual purpose:-
Firstly, we wish to reach as wide an audience as possible so that, hopefully, those interested will want to attend meetings, excursions, archaeological 'digs', field walking and social occasions and become members of the Society.
Secondly, the intention is to keep members up-to-date with all the latest news and to inform them on what has happened, what is happening and what is planned for the future.
The Till Valley and the eastern Borders are rich in history and archaeological sites, set in attractive and varied landscapes. The River Till rises high up in the Cheviot Hills and is named the River Breamish in its upper reaches, becoming the River Till at Bewick Mill. It is a major tributary of the River Tweed and, unlike other tributaries, its course lies entirely in England. It is a long river, perhaps 40 miles, although it is difficult to be precise because of its many twists and turns before it finally flows into the River Tweed at Tillmouth.
All photos on this and other pages © TillVAS or members who have given permission.
Photo-A concentrated effort in a trench below Branxton Hill in the area where the Scots army found themselves in difficult ground on 9th September 1513 at the Battle of Flodden.
The counter below shows the number of visitors to the website since October 2013:-
MESSAGE FROM LORD JOICEY:-
Archaeological Open Day on Friday 26th August 2016
Manchester Metropolitan University have been excavating the site of a Bronze Age Henge on the Ford & Etal Estates. Team leader Dr. Ben Edwards, his assistants and students would be happy to show visitors around the site on Friday 26th August (any time between 10.00am and 3.00pm) and to explain what they have found. It has been a very successful dig with some significant finds.
The site is adjacent to the B6354 road between its junction with the A697 (‘The Doctor’s Lodge’) and the junction with the Crookham road. It is on the north side of the road, and just west of the Crookham junction. The OS reference is NT 933 372. It is accessed through the trees by the brown tourist sign.
Parking will be in the Fisherman’s Car Park opposite the Crookham road junction, or in the lay-by just west of that. These areas will be signed but may become busy. Cars may also be parked carefully on the EASTBOUND verge of the B6354.
If wet, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
LENNEL KIRK, Coldstream. Please click on the Archaeology News tab above for details of the conservation programme and opportunities for volunteering.
Please see a new section on the website—click on the appropriate tab above. Contributions are coming in. Please keep sending them!
Berwick Museum & Art Gallery and Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum have organised exhibition dates and times as follows:-
1. Berwick Museum & Art Gallery, Berwick Barracks, Berwick: 18th June - 29th August.
2. Coldstream Museum: 9th September - 31st October.
TillVAS SUMMER EXHIBITION ON LOCAL HISTORY AT HEATHERSLAW MILL
The exhibition was a great success in July, averaging 30 visitors a day. It was good to see so many local people as well as visitors to the area.
TillVAS STAND & MARQUEE
TillVAS will have a stand at Kirknewton Village Hall on 19th, 20th and 21st August during the Kirknewton Festival of Archaeology and Walking. There will also be a TillVAS marquee at the Etal Show on 4th September.
FLODDEN 1513 EVENTS
Please see the details of the last two events in August and September (Walking in the footsteps of the English and Scottish armies) by clicking on the Archaeology News tag above for details. Note that bookings should be made by contacting Alistair Bowden.
THE NEXT LECTURE
will be on Wednesday, 7th September 2016 at 7.30pm in Crookham Village Hall when Dr. David Caldwell will speak about "Medieval Highlands & Islands".
PEREGRINI LINDISFARNE ARCHAEOLOGY 2016
Please click on the Archaeology News tag above to see more opportunities for excavation and other studies.
BRANXTON & CROOKHAM VILLAGE ATLAS PROJECT
There are some important meetings of the Activity Groups scheduled over the next few months. Please click on the appropriate tag above, which will take you to the Village Atlas page and give you all the dates, times and places of the meetings.
ALL MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, TILLVAS MEMBERS AND MEMBERS OF OTHER ATLAS GROUPS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO ATTEND ANY OF THESE MEETINGS.
Please click on the Latest Newsletter page to see information for the current month.
PREVIOUS LECTURE AND OTHER REPORTS
Click on Reports on Events, above, for detailed accounts and press reports.
The Society operates a bookstall at all its meetings.
Items for sale include:-
1. The Society's first publication Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed at £10 per copy and
2. Vivian Wilcock's Andrew Todd 1844-1908 ( with research input by TillVAS members) at £5 per copy.
See the Publications page for more about these books. Copies of Breamish and Till are also available in Cornhill Village Shop, Etal Village Shop and Ford Village Shop.
There are also archaeological books and journals for sale. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS funds.